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Alright. I'm probably fixing to start this 5 month job where I'll be out of state staying in a cheap ass motel room. After I get off work all I'll have to do is watch movie channels or sit there being bored (assuming coworkers aren't having a bbq or drinking).

I'd like to get a laptop that I can at least watch my tv shows/movies on. I'm going to put my current cpu's hdd into an external enclosure I have and just keep the OS intact. I have all my of my movies and what not on a separate partition "media" so that'll be no problem.

I've checked out Ibuypower and I can get a pretty decent pc for $1200.

AMD* x2 @ 2.2Ghz,
2gigs (2x1gig sticks)
60 gig hdd (7200 rpm)
128mb video

I also play a few computer games: half-life 2, DoTa, Diablo II, and Starcraft so I'd like for the PC to have some type of graphics chip... Anything is better than onboard right?

assuming the motel I stay in doesn't have internet access ~ Are there any internet providers that have that nation wide coverage like Verizon's Wireless Internet NationalAccess? I looked at their TOS and it has a bunch of **** about how you can broadcast a webcamera and a whole bunch of **** that just sounds stupid. I just want an internet connection that I can utorrent with, trillian with, download occasional files, and multiplayer games. Any info on this would be incredible too.

* I see no point in getting a c2d if you can't overclock it. Not sure if the AMD's are better at stock while maintaining the same price range. If I'm wrong please correct me.
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post #2 of 12
That looks pretty good, What kind of graphics card does it have? x1600?
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ibuypower's laptops are sweet. If you're going the custom built route, you can also look at cyberpowerpc.com Aside from that, Dell really makes amazing laptops. You can look in their refurbished section (google Dell education refurb) and you can get decent laptops for pretty cheap on there.
    
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id suggest powernotebooks.com. amazing customer service and great prices.
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Kingston V300 60GB SSD (OS) 2x Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (Raid 0) Crucial M500 480GB SSD Western Digital My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 1TB 
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Zalman CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Professional x64 Samsung 28" 4k Ultra High Def Saitek Gamer's Keyboard 
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Kingston V300 60GB SSD (OS) 2x Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (Raid 0) Crucial M500 480GB SSD Western Digital My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 1TB 
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Zalman CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Professional x64 Samsung 28" 4k Ultra High Def Saitek Gamer's Keyboard 
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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'll check Dell in a second.

Nvidia 7600 GO PCI-E 256mb is the graphics.

PC5300 RAM.

If I can find better then that with good shipping on Dell I'll check that out.


Can anyone give me some information on internet services? I can't get a temp line because I wouldn't be in the same place for more then a month or so I don't think.
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post #6 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gwidion View Post
id suggest powernotebooks.com. amazing customer service and great prices.

outrageous prices with a ****ty looking website... no thanks.
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post #7 of 12
I have been looking at IBM's T61.

http://www.notebookreview.com/price/...ay=priceDetail

Edit: I have heard that verizon will cancel your account if you take to much bandwidth. I don't know if this is true, just something to look into to. Also I saw the sprint mobile card in work yesterday and it was decently fast.
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www.pctourqe.com
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bretts View Post
outrageous prices with a ****ty looking website... no thanks.
how are the prices outrageous? not only are the prices good, you get a free 3 year warranty with free 2nd day air if anything breaks. their website may not look that great, but if you took the time to check their reseller rating, they have 1192 reviews and a 9.98/10 lifetime rating.
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Intel Core i5-4670k Asus Maximus VI Hero EVGA Geforce GTX 980 8GB (2x4) G.Skill Sniper Series DDR3-1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston V300 60GB SSD (OS) 2x Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (Raid 0) Crucial M500 480GB SSD Western Digital My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Professional x64 Samsung 28" 4k Ultra High Def Saitek Gamer's Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
EVGA SuperNOVA 850w Modular PSU NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Logitech G400s Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX 
Audio
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Open-Air Headphones 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-4700HQ Geforce GTX860M 8GB Kingston DDR3L Crucial M500 480GB mSATA 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4670k Asus Maximus VI Hero EVGA Geforce GTX 980 8GB (2x4) G.Skill Sniper Series DDR3-1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston V300 60GB SSD (OS) 2x Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (Raid 0) Crucial M500 480GB SSD Western Digital My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Zalman CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Professional x64 Samsung 28" 4k Ultra High Def Saitek Gamer's Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
EVGA SuperNOVA 850w Modular PSU NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Logitech G400s Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX 
Audio
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Open-Air Headphones 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-4700HQ Geforce GTX860M 8GB Kingston DDR3L Crucial M500 480GB mSATA 
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1TB 7200rpm Stock Drive Windows 8.1 SteelSeries Integrated Keyboard Dynaudio Premium Speakers 
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post #10 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gwidion View Post
how are the prices outrageous? not only are the prices good, you get a free 3 year warranty with free 2nd day air if anything breaks. their website may not look that great, but if you took the time to check their reseller rating, they have 1192 reviews and a 9.98/10 lifetime rating.

I stand corrected... after I figured out how to navigate through the site I'm finding some pretty sweet deals. Can you finance through this website? I'm getting a credit card soon, but I don't want to spend $1400 on the spot, I'd rather drag it out a while just in case any other expenses occur.
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E6300 @ 2.6 GA-P35-DS3L XFX 8600GT G.Skillz DDR2800 2GB 
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XP PRO SP2 22" Widescreen Westinghouse 22w2 Logitech Rosewill 500W 
CaseMouse
Rosewill Logitech MX510 
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E6300 @ 2.6 GA-P35-DS3L XFX 8600GT G.Skillz DDR2800 2GB 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
XP PRO SP2 22" Widescreen Westinghouse 22w2 Logitech Rosewill 500W 
CaseMouse
Rosewill Logitech MX510 
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